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Rock Point Bridge


Rock Point Bridge

Pre-Rehab: North elevation

Photo taken by Michael Goff in March 2009


BH Photo #138378

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Concrete arch bridge over Rogue River on OR 99
Gold Hill, Jackson County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Rehabilitated in 2010.
Built 1919, Rehabilitated 2010
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- Mats O. Halvardson (Rehabilitation Design Engineer)
- Parker & Banfield of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
- Wildish Standard Paving Co. of Eugene, Oregon (Rehabilitation Contractor)
The Rock Point Bridge is an early major arch bridge completed under the design auspices of Conde B. McCullough, Oregonís noted bridge engineer. McCullough designed the Rock Point Bridge, originally on the old Pacific Highway, to conform with and complement the local landscape. The structure is 505 feet in length, and the main span is a single 113 foot open-spandrel, rib-type reinforced concrete deck arch. The structure has curved arch fascia curtain walls. The railing on the original main span is an urn-shaped balustrade with a band of dentils below. The ends of the main piers are bushhammered for textured contrast. The structure replaced a timber Howe truss covered bridge. The bridge was built by Parker and Banfield, Portland. Because of the great depth of the water at the bridge location, it was impossible to build falsework under the main arch span. The contractor solved the problem by building a temporary wood truss span over the river to give support to the forms.
(Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon, 1989)
Length of largest span: 112.9 ft.
Total length: 504.9 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.43222, -123.09028   (decimal degrees)
42°25'56" N, 123°05'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/492574/4697771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gold Hill
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 00332A (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29993 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 11, 2018: New photos from Mike Goff
  • November 17, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • January 9, 2012: New photos from Michael Goff
  • October 21, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff: added rehab information and bridge design/history info.
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • December 15, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • November 17, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • July 8, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 12, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

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Rock Point Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks great Michael!....love that balustrade railing!!

Rock Point Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

The rehabilitation project on the Rock Point Bridge is complete and we did our after project inspection yesterday. The contractor did a fine job rehabbing the structure and gets bonus points for the quality of the finish work.

I especially enjoy the fact that the designers made the "new" 1950's approach span match the rest of the bridge, and the new rail looks really sharp.

Here are some photos taken with a lower resolution camera. When the weather gets nice again I will get down there a shoot some updated photos.